Who We Serve

The Department of Housing Services provides rental assistance and affordable rental opportunities to low income families throughout Washington County.


Rental Assistance Programs

The Section 8 and Public Housing programs provide rental assistance to approximately 3,000 very low income households in Washington County earning up to 50% of the Area Median Income, or $35,000 annually for a household of 4 persons.

As of December, 2009, the Department was assisting a total of 2,973 households through its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher and Public Housing programs. Of these, 1,360 were families with children. 558 were elderly, and 1,546 were disabled.

The average assisted household consists of 2 persons, and has an annual income of $8,886. At this income, the household could only afford to pay monthly rent of $222. Without the assistance from the Department, many of these households would have to live in substandard housing, share housing with multiple families, or be homeless.


Affordable Rental Housing

The Department's affordable housing provides an additional 521 rental units throughout the county. Rents are set to be affordable for households earning up to 80% of the Area Median Income.

Additionally, through partnerships with the public and private sector, the Department has been able to facilitate the development of over 2,000 additional units of affordable rental housing. Thirteen percent of the units developed in partnership serve populations with special needs including adults with disabilities, elderly persons, and agricultural workers.


Questions about these programs?

If you have questions about our rental assistance programs or affordable rental housing, please feel free to contact us.


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